On June 29, 2022, at approximately 1:28 p.m., Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) Grimsby District 8 uniformed officers responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred in West Lincoln (Smithville).

Officers proceeded to the area of ​​Griffin Street North and St. Catharines Street where they encountered the victim and bystanders. The victim, a 70-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries in the robbery and was treated by paramedics from Niagara Emergency Medical Services.

Initial investigation determined that the victim parked his sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the Convenient Street and Brock Street area. When she opened her door to go out, she was greeted by a masked man asking for a ride. When the victim refused, the masked man asked her for her keys and threatened her. The suspect knocked the victim to the ground repeatedly as they struggled for his keys. The suspect was able to obtain the keys to the SUV and briefly entered through the passenger side entry door. As passers-by converged on the SUV, the suspect fled the area. The victim’s dog was inside the SUV at the time of the incident. A passerby ran after the suspect and grabbed him briefly, during which the keys to the SUV were retrieved and the suspect’s red hoodie was removed from his body. The suspect was able to flee.

8 district detectives were assigned to the investigation.

The suspect is described as:

  • white male
  • About 5’5
  • About 15-20 years old
  • Wear a black mask and possibly a black shirt
  • Black pants
  • Had worn a red hoodie

Anyone (residents or businesses) in the area with closed circuit security cameras, doorbell video cameras or dash cams are asked to review their footage for suspicious activity for the time period between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. June 29, 2022.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009805.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously may contact Niagara Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to people who contact the program with information leading to an arrest.

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